Furious Ray McKinnon lambasts referee as Raith Rovers slip to narrow Rangers defeat

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

Raging Raith Rovers boss Ray McKinnon last night lambasted referee Euan Anderson for disallowing a Harry Panatioyou goal as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Rangers.

The debutant, who joined on loan from Leicester City earlier this week, thought he had kicked off his stint in Fife in fairytale fashion when he fired beyond Wes Foderingham in the second half.

(Pic: Raith TV)
(Pic: Raith TV)

However, Mr Anderson had already blown for a foul following Lewis Toshney’s challenge with Dean Shiels on the edge of the box in the build-up to Panayiotou’s neat finish.

And Rangers, who lead through an Andy Halliday goal in the first half, held on comfortably for the win, condemning Rovers to a fifth successive fixture without finding the net.

McKinnon seethed: “I can’t believe he never gave us that goal, it’s outrageous. I’m serious. Poor, poor decision from him and it cost us tonight.

“Ultimately we got nothing out of that because the referee ruled out a goal that was perfectly okay. Toshney won it brilliantly at the edge of the box, kept his eye on the ball and knocked it down and Harry scored.

“I never cane referees but he deserves it. There was nothing wrong with it and how he could give the decision is incredible.

“You can tell I’m angry with the referee and I’m never angry with referees but sometimes it has to be said. It cost us.”

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